Fridges and freezers are designed to live indoors – don’t be tempted to install yours in a garage or in areas that may be damp or subject to abnormal temperatures.

Store equipment such as the lawnmower, hedge trimmer or other power tools, in a dry, safe place and check that it hasn’t been damaged or affected by water before using it.

When using electrical equipment in the garden, check that the socket you are using has been fitted with a residual current device (RCD). If you don’t have one built into your fusebox, you should use a plug-in RCD.

Never use the lawnmower, hedge trimmer, strimmer or other power tools in wet conditions.

Frequently check for damaged lights, extension leads, cables or connections used in the garden.

Have outdoor mains supplied garden lighting, speakers and outdoor TVs installed by a registered electrician in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations (IET Wiring Regulations).